Clinician Spotlight: Morgan Reid, M.S.

September 6, 2021


Where did you go to undergrad?

Longwood University- Go Lancers!

Did you always know you wanted to work in a medical setting or have any previous medical setting work exposure before graduate school?

I had no experience in working in a medical setting prior to graduate school. Throughout my graduate program, I’ve learned so much about the particular strengths that a psychologist can bring to an interdisciplinary team!

Why did you choose to join the Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative run by Drs. Rybarczyk and Jones? Did you hear anything in particular from other students that made you want to work in primary care?

I was excited to work with patients from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of presenting concerns. I wanted to work with underserved populations and people who may not otherwise have access to psychological services, and the Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative was a perfect opportunity.

What primary care clinic(s) do currently you work in? 

I currently work at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) and OB Motivate clinics.

What clinical populations are you interested in working with?

I have specific interests in working with patients on substance use, as well as patients with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Additionally, I am interested in insomnia and other sleep concerns.

What have you liked about your primary care rotation? 

I have enjoyed the diversity of presenting concerns and the subsequent opportunity to learn specific behavioral health interventions from supervisors and advanced graduate students. I have also liked working within an interdisciplinary team and gaining exposure to the specific medical needs of pregnant and postpartum individuals with Substance Use Disorders at OB Motivate.

What are your big takeaways from your work in primary care so far? How do you think this opportunity will prepare you for the workforce when you graduate?

Primary care definitely helped me feel more confident during internship interviews, particularly at medical settings. I was able to demonstrate my ability to work within an interdisciplinary team and deliver brief, specific behavioral health interventions. My therapy style tends to be interpersonal in nature and thus more easily applicable to long-term therapy settings; however, my time in primary care has helped me learn how to incorporate my interpersonal style into a medical, behavioral health setting.